The 2021 Sarah’s Vineyard Madonne Blanc is our effort to emulate the traditional white wines of the southern Rhône Valley. It is a marriage of California soils and climate to a classically styled blend of estate grown Rhone white varieties.Our estate vineyards bridge the historic Santa Clara Valley and the cooler climate “Mt. Madonna” district of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains. Here
fog and winds from nearby Monterey Bay dramatically cool down the estate, extending the season and providing unique conditions for growing complex Rhône cultivars.
To create our estate Madonne Blanc, we actually make 4 individual wines, then blend them carefully to make the best wine we can.
The ’21 Madonne Blanc displays a burst of citrus aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon and lime zest. The wine is bright and crisp with notes of white nectarine and honeysuckle with balanced acidity and a touch of creaminess on the palate. The 2021 Estate Madonne Blanc would pair well with ceviche or grilled swordfish with a lemon and caper sauce.
Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Sarah's Estate
Grower: Tim Slater
Cooperage: Neutral French Oak, 7 months